Posts made in June, 2017

Flag Raising Day ABERDEEN Scotland

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments



I had the honour of marching in my second Raise the Flag day here in Scotland.

All services Army, Navy and the Air Force were represented. The Lord Provost of Aberdeen made the opening speech, commenting on how important the Armed Services are to Scotland and with the rise in Global Terrorism, he gave his thanks to the military for protecting citizens.

The parade was well attended by Veterans, Legion Colour parties and the Motorcycle group of Legion Scotland. Including retired Canadian Military Policewoman Carol Hutton.

Here are some photos of the  parade sent to me by Jill Sowden of the Aberdeen Council Offices.




I am positive that my Brother Apprentices will note the Veterans hands while marching are all closed as we were taught. Memories of all our Drill Instructors, showing that they taught us well.

The Pipe Band entertained prior to the speeches.

Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson.

The PRIDE that I felt marching with these Veterans was Marvellous  BUT not as PROUD as I was wearing my  Grandfather’s and Father’s  medals from WW1 and WW2. Which is Legal in all COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES  except for Canada. I implore the Royal Canadian Legion to seek authority from the Federal Government to make changes to the Law which was made in 1920. I show absolutely no DISRESPECT to wear the medals of both my  Grandfather and my Father. Who both signed on for the “King’s Shilling” in Aberdeen.

Perhaps Tom Eagles and his associate Cronies in the hierarchy of the Dominion Command would like to obtain an arrest warrant for myself wearing these medals in Public. My UK comrades and a couple of Aberdeen Bobbies could not understand WHY Canada treats the memory of Veterans in this manner.

WANTED by the Royal Canadian Legion for allegedly showing DISRESPECT to Veterans.



Please have a thought and a prayer for Canada’s Veterans, serving Military and their Families. If you have the time a n e mail or phonw call to your Local MP may see this Draconian Law changed. Then perhaps mother’s Father’s Children of deceased soldiers may wear their medals with pride at Remembrance Services.

Nil Sine Labore


ADDENDUM:  This Legion photo shows  some members wearing tin pot medallions on the right side?  These are a disgrace to the memory of Veterans who have paid the Ultimate Price.

Is this a TOY DRUM as well. The Legion Branch is Unnamed.


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Mid-Week Meanderings

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments





A HEARTY  BRAVO ZULU to the RCMP and the Quebec Judge who have found a local Jihadi  guilty under the anti-terror act 2013. Undercover officers  from all police services across Canada  have to be very careful in obtaining evidence etc. The accused often has far more rights than the police who are protecting Canadians. Who knows what this low life might have done to Canadians had he been continually frustrated at obtaining a  false passport. Absolutely a fine result. Looking forward to the Sentencing in August, where hope fully he will receive the maximum sentence, with No Parole.

For retired Veterans who served on various Peacekeeping missions in the traditional Blue Beret. This report may be of interest;

Murray Brewster Canadian News Journalist                  He obtained the documents under the access to Information Act.

Meanwhile the Russian Bear is stretching and growling:

Russia vows to treat US jets in Syria as ‘targets’ after America shoots down first regime warplane

Russia has warned it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as “targets”, after Washington shot down a Syrian warplane for the first time in the six-year-war. I wonder what the POTUS tweeter in the USA will respond with?

Yesterday I was proud to be part of the Flag Raising Ceremony for the  Armed forces of the UK. Canada was represented by 2 Canadians, Carol Hutton retired Military Police and myself.  In speaking with many Veterans that were in attendance it is was amazing how many of our UK allies had served in Canada. Battus, Cold Lake Shearwater, Wainwright all were mentioned by Veterans of Army, Navy and the airforce. Our relationship with the UK has grown even tighter with the wars on terror.

Have a safe rest of the week folks, Have a prayer and a thought for our troops , their families and by all means our VETERANS.

Nil Sine Labore



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Monday Babble ….a Day Early but by no means a Dollar Short

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments



It is the worst time for military families….when the door bell rings and a padre and another officer , come calling. This weekend there are a least 7  NATO Families awaiting the sad news that , their loved one is one of the seven, killed. Some bodies have been recovered, but no actual release of confirmed numbers yet.  My prayers and condolences to these families and indeed to the brothers and sisters,                        (ie SHIPMATES) who will mourn their loss. Rest in Peace Sailors your Duty Done.

On a HAPPIER, PROUDER note: Canada’s own PPCLI are mounting the Guard at Buckingham Palace once again. In honour of Canada’s birthday of 150 years.  Since 1916 Canadians have on occasion mounted the guard at Buckingham Palace, see historical links: below:

PEACE TIME Guarding;


PPCLI was founded for service in the First World War on August 10, 1914, and paraded for the first time at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario, on August 23, 1914. Hamilton Gault, a prominent Montreal businessman, raised the regiment out of his own funds, making the PPCLI the last privately raised regiment in Canada.

The regiment was named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, the daughter of the Governor General at the time. Princess Patricia maintained close ties with the regiment throughout her life, and hand-sewed the original regimental colour, the Ric-a-Dam-Doo, which was carried into battle in every First World War battle in which the Patricias fought.
Continue reading the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry History.


Musicians from the Edmonton Garrison’s Royal Canadian Artillery band and soldiers from The Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will mount the guard at Buckingham Palace. (SUPPLIED)

Military musicians from the Royal Canadian Artillery band based out of the Edmonton Garrison are performing ceremonial duties as part of the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Place on June 18.

They will join the 2nd Battallion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, which is set to mount the guard on June 18, 26, 28 and July 1 and 3, according to a news release from the British Army. A total of 80 soldiers will be heading across the pond, along with 35 military musicians.

Canadian troops are being recognized to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

“They have had hours of daily drill practice for over a month under the tutelage of British parade instructors,“ a spokesman said in a news release.

The news release states the Canadian troops will be “instantly recognizable” by the French grey colour on their collar and cuff of the full dress scarlet tunic.

The 2nd Battallion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry to Mount the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Musicians from the Edmonton Garrison’s Royal Canadian Artillery band and soldiers from the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will mount the guard at Buckingham Palace on June 18, 26, 28 and July 1 and 3.

The 3rd PPCLI, based in Edmonton, guarded Buckingham Palace in 1998.

The PPCLI is named for Princess Patricia, who was born in Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.

The Queen’s Guard and its ceremonial duties are part of army history and tradition that goes back to the reign of King Charles II in the 1600s. Troops from the Commonwealth have participated since September 1916 when Canadian soldiers participated.

“We are pleased to play an important role in this long-standing army tradition in the UK, especially as we in Canada mark Canada 150,” Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, commander Canadian Army, said in a statement.

Unit Country Flag Date
117th (Eastern Townships) Battalion, CEF Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1868-1921.svg September 1916
Canadian Coronation Contingent Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg May 1937
Australian Coronation Contingent Australia Flag of Australia.svg May 1937
Royal 22e Régiment Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg April 1940
Toronto Scottish Regiment Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg April 1940
The Royal Canadian Regiment Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg April 1940
Canadian Coronation Contingent Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg May 1953
Australian Coronation Contingent[28] Australia Flag of Australia.svg May 1953
South African Coronation Contingent South Africa Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg June 1953
New Zealand Coronation Contingent New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg June 1953
Ceylon Coronation Contingent Ceylon Flag of Ceylon (1951-1972).svg June 1953
Pakistan Coronation Contingent Pakistan Flag of Pakistan.svg June 1953
Royal New Zealand Artillery[29]
Detachment Commander, Maj S. Cocks
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg November 1964
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Detachment Commander, Lt Col J.P. Salter MC
Australia Flag of Australia.svg April 1988
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian
Light Infantry

Detachment Commander, Maj I. Hunt
Canada Flag of Canada.svg April–May 1998
2nd Battalion, Jamaica Regiment Jamaica Flag of Jamaica.svg April 1999
Australian Federation Guard[30]
plus the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon
Detachment Commander, Captain C. Anderson
Australia Flag of Australia.svg July 2000
2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment[31]
Detachment Commander, Maj J. Fife
Canada Flag of Canada.svg September 2000
Royal Gibraltar Regiment[32] Gibraltar Flag of Gibraltar.svg March 2001
1st Battalion, Jamaica Regiment[33]
plus the Combined Band of the JDF
Detachment Commander, Lt Col D. Robinson
Jamaica Flag of Jamaica.svg July 2007
1st Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment[34]
plus the Band of the Royal Malay Regiment
Detachment Commander, Maj Norhisham bin Kamar
Malaysia Flag of Malaysia.svg April 2008
Royal Gibraltar Regiment[35]
Detachment Commander, Lt Col C. Risso MC
Gibraltar Flag of Gibraltar.svg April 2012
Royal 22e Régiment[36] Canada Flag of Canada.svg July 2014


We can now add  2cd Battalion PPCLI and the RCA Band       Flag of Canada.svg       June/July 2017

In less than 2 weeks CANADIANS will celebrate, the 150th Anniversary of Canada becoming a NATION.  Be safe, be Extra Vigilant this July 1st. Where ever you may be celebrating Canada’s birthday.

Nil Sine Labore





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Two Red Fridays till C A N A D A D A Y …..CELEBRATIONS

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments




This Video with regard to our troops in the former Eastern Bloc of Europe is very interesting; Please enjoy.

Also along the lines of Videos a couple for the COOKS:             I as a retired cook am very interested in what consiture a field ration pack. Can anyone assist. Please leave a link or comment at the end of this Blog.

Modernized military will put more emphasis on cyber attacks, defence minister says

Harjit Sajjan says plans to increase the defence budget will benefit military in Edmonton

Edmonton has always been a main hub for the Canadian Military (minus the navy as the jetties are a long walk). LOL

The primary Infantry units are 2 battalions of the PPCLI.

The Keel has been laid for one of Canada’s newest vessels:

LAst but by no means least today The spring copy of Crowsnest is here:

So my fellow Veterans and readers, please give a thought for our troops and their families.

Nil Sine Labore



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A Wed update on the Relaxed Readiness Rule ?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

                                   SUPPORT YOUR TROOPS T H A N K Y O U

Further to Mondays reporting of the Relaxed Readiness Rules, this link will refresh your memory:

Now the first major hitch in this Relaxed Readiness Rule:   I am sure that there will be many that will suffer until the rules are the same for all.

I guess it is the old adage You Cannot Please everyone. I do not envy those that have to make the difficult decisions.

This Op-Ed piece from Murray Brewster certainly casts doubt on the plan:  Certainly food for thought.

One week till Canada Day please enjoy a safe celebration whether in Joe Batts Arm or Tuktoyaktuk Canadians will come together to celebrate our 150th Birthday. Please have a thought for our military and families who are separated at this special Holiday.

Nil Sine Labore


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